Stammen pitching tomorrow, Danny Boy gone?

According to the Dayton Daily News, Craig Stammen has been informed by the Washington Nationals that he will be called up tomorrow to start against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the last of the four-game series.

Stammen's father, Jeff, was interviewed extensively about the promotion, including the details of the family's flight arrangements to D.C.

The 6-foot-3 right-hander is 4-2 with a 1.80 ERA in 40 innings at Triple-A Syracuse this season. He has given up 10 runs--eight earned--on 33 hits and eight walks with 14 strikeouts. He has allowed four home runs.

There has been no official word from the Nationals, or a corresponding roster move. According to the Nats site on, Stammen is not listed on the 40-man roster, but should have one open spot for him.

Thursday would be Daniel Cabrera's regular day to start. Should he be lifted from the rotation, the Nats would have one sophomore (John Lannan) and four rookies (Shairon Martis, Jordan Zimmermann, Ross Detwiler and Stammen) in the starting rotation.

--ed. The Times' Chatter has it now too, with speculation about Cabrera.

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